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there are threats. >> the taliban? >> the taliban. >> despite always protesting his innocence, ahmed wali karzai came close to being charged with corruption but according to a u.s. official, he was too valuable. we needed him. he kept a lid on things and can hard. they say they have lost a strong man in the fight against the taliban in the south. the fight just became harder. >> in other news, the u.n. security council has condemned the attacks against the french embassies in the syrian capital of damascus. staff were injured and property damage when government supporters stormed the embassy on monday. speaking on u.s. television, president obama criticized the president for a missing opportunities for reform and warned against anybody "messing with the american embassy." thousands of people have held protests in cairo demanding the removal of egypt's ruling military council. the act of this wants faster political reform. the military has said the elections could be delayed. you're watching live. still to come, one of the lucky ones. the struggle of migrants fleeing the arab uprising to reach ma
in a helicopter crash after a firefight with taliban drug traffickers that also claimed the lives of seven serviceman. on october29th, 2009, the remains of dea special agents forest lehman, chad michael, michael westin, and the fallen united states service members were met by president obama at dover air force base. he honored the men and paid his respects at the dignified transfer ceremony. co-chairman grassley and i wish to convene our deepest condolences to the families of these dea agents that gave their lives fighting narcotics trafficking in afghanistan and hereby enter their obituaries into the record for today's hearing. its hard i think for both of us to realize that we have people who carry out these missions and get killed carrying out these missions, and they do our country great service, and not much is said about it. but this committee wants everyone to know that we very much appreciate that service and we certainly honor it in the best way we can. so i would now like to turn to my co-chairman, senator grassley, for his opening statement. >> thank you for honoring the memory
accusations. taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination. officials have raised concern that it will lead to new fights who controls afghanistan's southern province. >>> board of supervisors will vote today on a proposal to ask 12 other california bodies if they want to break away from california and form their own state. it calls for creating south california stretching from san diego and orange county into the south to mariposa county and riverside county supervisor jeff stone believes california has become too big to govern. a spokesman for the governor says it's a waste of everybody's time. >> peace and quiet, popular hotel chain unveils the first anti-snoring room. >> and first and last shuttle spacewalk is happening right now. >> and firefighters in one bay area station didn't have to go very far to respond to an overnight crash. what police say led to a crash right outside the firefighters' front door. >>> you're looking live picture from nasa tv. its spacewalk, the final spacewalk of the space shuttle era. two astronauts and nasa tweeted four
experience in the south. in the south, there is a lot of open combat. this is the headquarters of the taliban. >> in the east the violence depends on where you are. these to have strong relationships with kabul, with a lot of traffic. today, these are what i call, bombing galleries, where the coalition troops and a large coalition presence is trying very hard to like this town in order to protect this. but every step that they take, they are threatened. thousands every year, that are killing hundreds of native troops, and many times the number of afghans. as we move closer to the border, and you had se, the threat will change. this is not so much ied's because there is less vehicle traffic. the coalition soldiers and the taliban will move on foot. the coalition has helicopters, but then they are back to walking around on foot. this is a lot less useful and they are optimized for -- in places like this you see more small arms fire, lots of snipers. this looks like a street battle in world war two, on a smaller scale. people throwing grenades and things like this. on the coalition side, there i
of the -- the morale of the taliban and weaken the malof th afghan government. chaos might be and beaten back. this is a tremendous achievement for the taliban. >> they appointed another one of his brothers to a key role in the region to stave off political fighting and. >> women's soccer, japan is leading sweden by three goals to one in the world cup semifina with 20 minutes left to play out. when will face the u.s. wonhd. >> for american fans, it was all the hope for and more. the first serious offensive play unfolded in the ninth minute putting u.s. on the board. afterth, egog got tougher. france and several gold and opportunities to even things up and capitalized in theif ftof that. they went all the way through to even the score at 1-1. france state of theffsi pressing -- pressuring the american defense. she proved herself as one of the stit a picture-perfect header. to-1. another superb offensive play. maintaining her composure to seal the deal. the u.s. women are just one game away from the trdor c title. >> the score japan of sweden, 3- 1. we will be rit ck will that make good on the
that killed a half brother of amed karzhai. -- the taliban. the taliban says the guard was working for him. a motive is not known. he said his brother's death represents the misery every afghanistan family basis. an army ranger will become the second living recipient of a medical of honor from the afghan/iraq wars. he lost his right hand in 2008 while throwing an enemy grenade away from fellow soldiers. a fellow rangers says it is not work -- if not for his action to of the rangers would have been seriously injured or killed. barack obama will present the metal to the dad of four this afternoon. a new car gives hybrid a new meaning. it has wings by the way. some chains are cracking down on extreme too onerous. we will explain in consumer alert. >> high heat and humidity. waiting for a much-needed relief from the heat. i will come up with that in the forecast. the harbor at 89. humidity is 57%. the full forecast coming up here y. >> john produce here to answer your plant questions. stay with us. >> a massachusetts company has a new way to beat the morning commute, applying car. take a look.
. >> are there still threats against you now? >> every day. >> the taliban? drug-traffickers stock? >> ahmad wali karzai became close to being charged with corruption they say they have lost a strong man in the fight against the taliban. the fight just became harder. >> the un security council has strongly condemned attacks against the american and french embassies in damascus. stock for injured and property were damaged and government supporters stormed the energy -- embassies on television. >> thousands of people have held a protest in cairo demanding the removal of egypt's ruling military council. the activist want faster political reform. the elections in september could be delayed. the wikileaks website founder has begun an appeal at against extradition from britain to sweden. he is accused of sexual offenses. his lawyers told the high court in london that the description of the charges were misleading and unfair. he denies any wrongdoing. still to come on the program, more on the u.k. phone-hacking scandal, what it means for media relationships around the world. >> breyer earth elements are
right now to go ahead and get the kids out of the room, but this is a video released by taliban insurgents in pakistan and it shows more than a dozen men believed to be pakistani policemen lined up. there they are, against the backdrop of the hillside with their hands tied behind their backs facing several men with rifles on the right side of your screen. this man shouting is accusing them of killing children in a crime against islam. and there they are, the men opening fire. now we froze the video right there because if you continue to watch, it gets even more graphic, even more brutal from that point on. c nrks nr cnn's reza sayah is taking up from here. >> reporter: we warn you, this is explicit video, some of you may find this very disturbing, if you want to turn away, this is a good time to do so. we want to walk you through the video, it shows at least 14 men lined up, all of them wearing traditional pakistani garb, all of them appear to have their hands tied behind their back. we assume these are taliban fighters, one of them is scolding the man who are lined up, saying t
released by taliban showing 16 men being executed. >> this is a graphic look at how brutal and ugly the war against the taliban can get. some of you may find this very disturbing. if you would like to turn away, this is a good time to do so. let's walk you through this video. it was released by the taliban, posted online. men wearing traditional pakistani garb, all of them with their hands tied behind their back. in front of them, you see three armed men, you assume these are taliban fighters. one of them is scolding the men who are lined up, accusing them of being enemies of islam, saying these executions are about to take place for six children. the military here vehemently denies those excuses took place. after the scolding is over, that's when you see and hear the gunfire. you see the men topple to the ground, some of them moaning and writhing in pain. we're not going so show you what happened next. some of the gunmen walk up to the men and shoot them again, sometimes in an effort too make sure they're dead. the military believes the men who were killed were police officers kidnapped du
. >> al qaeda is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11. >> reporter: still this deadly taliban raid on a hotel in kabul last week shows insurgents aren't willing to go quietly. >> if we don't succeed here and the taliban comes back into power we'll be attacked again. >> reporter: while the debate continues, american troops are carrying on with their mission preparing to hand over security back to the afghan people, the drawdown is set to begin this month. terrell, some initial diplomatic moves have been made to jumpstart peace talks with the taliban but on his trip senator mccain saw no signs whatsoever the taliban is ready to talk peace. >> joel brown in washington for thus morning, thank you so much. >>> overseas, thailand elected its first ever female prime minister by a landslide, comes from a political family, her brother was once prime minister but ousted by a military coup in 2006. the country will go along with the election results. >>> peace activists plan to sail from greece today even though the greek government banned their ships from going to gaza. protests yesterd
, the threat at fort hood was stopped. >> schieffer: all right, thank you so much, bob. the taliban has declared open season on politicians in afghanistan. 70,000 workers are furloughed because congress can't agree on funding for a federal agency. and why traffic cameras have caused so much trouble in los angeles when the cbs news continues. [ male announcer ] it has an hd webcam, killer audio, and lids that switch to start every semester fresh. but mostly it helps me try new moves on and off the court. ♪ [ male announcer ] powered by the 2nd gen intel core processor family. not just smart. visibly smart. get an inspiron 15r with 6 gig memory and 640 gig hard drive for $599.99 at dell.com. and 640 gig hard drive ♪ [ cat meows ] ♪ [ whistles ] ♪ [ cat meows ] ♪ [ ting! ] [ male announcer ] travelers can help you protect the things you care about and save money with multi-policy discounts. are you getting the coverage you need and the discounts you deserve? for an agent or quote, call 800-my-coverage or visit travelers.com. discover customersl are getting five percent cashback b
it is the taliban has the totally different vision of what is going on. they may have in mind save whatever you like mr. president. we are here and we will be here long after you leave. >> you took my next question and have already begun to answer it. let's take it all the way. if there was a central message to be taken out of vietnam, that surely was it. they were on home turf and had nowhere to go if there is a comparison to be drawn sometimes there are strategic reasons to be in afghanistan which don't or did not apply to be a non but focusing on the one central issue maybe he would follow up whenever incomplete answer that he gives. [laughter] there are analogies it definitely and if you look at what is going on like my father said in the first meeting that he is foreign policy team mike foster, not my father. [laughter] thank you. >> can i be your:father? [laughter] talking about afghanistan is not vietnam i think it has always been there with what is a comparison but yet you could say here is a reason that the u.s. went into afghanistan that is different from those reasons and there's a lot of
in a surge of taliban violence increasingly targeting afghan politicians and civili civilians. seth doane reports. >> reporter: it was two years ago fausia kufa wrote this troubling message to her daughters. >> reporter: maybe today is the day i will die. >> reporter: her published farewell letter was written because as an outspoken member of parliament in afghanistan, kufi is a target of the taliban. >> right now i think the terrorist acts are the biggest threat for me and for others. for me more because i talk against them. >> reporter: her father was assassinated as were three of her brothers. you're willing to die for your job, for this country? >> we will die one day. i think the pride will be if you die paving the way for others, we're leaving something behind. if i'm afraid i will die and i don't do anything, who will take this country? >> reporter: targeted killings in afghanistan are up more than 100% since 2009, according to the united nations. is anyone safe in afghanistan, really safe? >> well, not. we can't say that anyone is safe in this country. >> reporter: haroon mir runs
of money. >>> in the line of fire. cnn is embedded with u.s. troops in afghanistan when the taliban attack. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. a special gathering to tackle america's serious economic problems. key figures from government, business and academia came together this week in chicago for the clinton global might be difference america conference. the event was the brainchild of former president bill clinton. i sat down with him in chicago for a candid interview on the country's debt crisis, the 2012 presidential race, and much more. >> mr. president, thanks very much for joining us. good to be here. first time you've done this as far as the u.s. economy is concerned. normally it's global issues. and i want to get to that, but let's talk about some of the big issues right now. jobs, jobs, jobs. it's a crisis, a game of chicken going on in washington right now between the president, the did democrats on one side, republican leadership on the other side. how big of a deal is this august 2nd deadli
of the taliban coming back into the political system. ahmed rashid details the negotiatings that have been taking place between the united states and the taliban. for hours and hours the germans were intermediaries. nothing seems to have come of it. why is it proving so difficult to, in some way, bring the taliban into the tent? >> for a couple of things, i'd say about that, without commenting on the specifics of the piece in the "financial times" that you referenced. at the end of the day, this will have to be settled in a political settlement. i think that's clear. why is it hard? there's been a conflict there for a nufb years. the taliban is not an entity where it works at a specific address. you have to get these things to a point where you can have a set of reasonable conversations. what we've said, though, quite clearly and secretary of state said this in her speech earlier this year, the united states is prepared to work with the afghans, with the afghans in the lead to work towards a political settlement here and to bring the parties to the table without precondition. ultimately as the pr
taken credit for it, if that's the word, and they are associated with the taliban, and at the same time we know the u.s. is reaching out to the taliban for peace talks in the future. do you see any signs the taliban is ready to talk peace? >> there has been no signs whatsoever. when the taliban are ready to talk peace it will be when they are convinced they cannot achieve their goals on the battlefield. we have had enormous success over the past year and i should have mentioned that earlier in the conversation, and we have taken out a lot of the mid-level taliban operating in afghanistan. one of the big problems is pakistan and a lot of the leadership resides in pakistan. we have to have a realistic assessment of the true assessment in pakistan, because there's no doubt that there is connections between isi and the aconnie network who are responsible not only for the hotel tragedy there, but also for the attacks on americans and our allies. and that's not acceptable. >> to libya now. we have seen in the middle east and elsewhere that often when there is the removal of a leader that chao
. >> i want to bring in david who is following the wave of assassinations. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the mayor's murder. what is being said about this? >> reporter: well, ambassador crocker who is on his third day here in afghanistan is said to proceed with caution. he intends to take credit for high profile attacks, and whether or not they are behind it is unclear. two young girls had been inadvertently killed in a road accident. and officials asked if it was a revenge killing by the girls' family members or a taliban attack. crocker said if it was a taliban attack he said it operates a sign of operational weakness. >> i think because of the success of the coalition campaign in the south, including in kandahar, we are seeing a phenomenon that is not dissimilar to what we saw in iraq. i would judge that the taliban is now damaged to the point where they can no longer conduct large-scale operations. they have had to kind of regroup and figure out what they can do, and in some cases, that has been assassination. again, we saw a very similar pattern in iraq. >> now, c
are there to battle taliban coming in from afghanistan. >> reporter: kunar in eastern afghanistan is some of the toughest terrain america has troops in here. you can see this particular base is surrounded by hills on either side, which give the insurgency a central vantage point from which they can attack. the base violence is so consistent it makes it very hard for them to have the kind of contact with locals they need. life here really a waiting game for the worst to happen. everywhere you look, here in kunar on afghanistan's eastern border, the choices aren't good. outpost king is caught between hills full of taliban. if the americans leave, militants from pakistan will flow through the valley. if they stay, every few days this happens. the mortars hit the base. the last attack was long enough ago there's panic, they're worried the taliban have been preparing a big one. after days of nothing, the insurgents are finally beginning an attack from all sides. >> fire. >> command hustle up, grab it and get ready. >> reporter: they use mortars first, aiming for taliban dark into the hills but
made in the last year and reclaiminghe former taliban ronghold particularly in the south. another major change in the last year is the surge in afghan security forces. there are now 100,000 more afghan security forces than 18 months ago when president obama announced the surge and another 70,000 afghan soldiers and police will be trained and equipped by the end of next summer when all 33,000 u.s. search trips will have withdrwn. in the testimony to congress last week, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mollen characterized the president's decision as, quote, more aggressive and incurring more risk than mcraven had initially recommended. however, admiral mullen felt, could come only the president and the end can really determine the acceptable level of risk we must take because as he put it, quote, the truth is we would have run other kind of risks by keeping more forces in afghanistan onger. and among the other risks for the risks of perpetuating the greater afgh dependent on the forces and inhibiting the growth and keep the devotee and confidence on the part of the afgha
for another group. the u.s. has until august 2nd to raise the debt ceiling or risk default. >>> the taliban is denying reports the group's leader is dead. someone hacked into his phone and sent out a fake message to journalists that the leader omar has died. he has lead the decade insurgency. he ruled most of afghanistan as leader of the taliban government until the u.s. invasion of october of 2001. >>> happening now british prime minister david cameron is before parliament on an emergency hearing on the phone hacking scandal. he defended his exaid. coleson is one of ten people arrested in the phone hacking scandal. >>> during a three-hour grueling yesterday. murdoch said he was unaware of any wrong doing. a man tried to hurl a plate of shaving -- all of that after murdoch was questioned about whether the hacking included 9/11 victims. >> we have seen no evidence of that at all and as far as we know the fbi haven't either. >> we are just learning a british judge has allowed actor hugh grant to see if his voice mails were revealed. >>> a federal court has overturned two felony acquittals of
and afghan security forces are conducting joint operations against the taliban. thursday the troops used helicopters to fly in search of taliban fighters. the current plan is for afghan forces to take over the country's security by 2014. >>> two people were killed when their plane crashed into an unoccupied hospital building in watsonville, california. the plane struck the building shortly after takeoff apparently as the pilot was trying to clear a line of fog. >>> economists look for positive unemployment numbers being released today. >>> plus it's raining? no, not quite, it's pouring in denver, a sudden cloud burst swamps the mile high city. first, scott pelley has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> from nasa's first mission to now the final shuttle flight, we'll look at how cbs news and walter cronkite covered the space race for the last 50 years, that story tonight on the "cbs evening news." we all have internal plumbing. but for some of us with overactive bladder, our pipes just don't work as well as they should. sometimes, i worry my pipes might leak. but i learned there
by other guards. the taliban says the shooter was working for them. ahmed wali karzai was accused by the u.s. and local afghans of being involved in the drug trade and other illegal activities. president karzai spoke to reporters about two hours after the shooting, saying only that quote, this is the life of the afghan people, this sorrow is in every afghan home. >>> high above earth, a final walk in space. these are live pictures that we are bringing to all of you. two crew members of the international space station, you see it here, venturing out on the last space walk of nasa's space shuttle era. absolutely breathtaking. the two floated over the yucatan peninsula. take a look at these live pictures. their job today is to recover a broken pump and stow it in the cargo bay of shuttle "atlantis" which docked with the space station on sunday. the space walk was scheduled to last about six hours. the "atlantis" mission is the last of the 30-year shuttle program. "atlantis" due to return to earth on july 21st. >>> on the afghan battlefield, it was an act above and beyond the call of duty. arm
week at the age of 93. >>> the taliban is claiming claiming responsibility for the assassination of the half brother of the president of afghanistan, karzai. he was shot by someone he considered close and trust worthy. officials say the assassin went to the home to get papers signed and shot karzai three times while signing those papers. security guards then shot the gun man. the younger karzai was considered an ally of the us who seemed to have no problems going after the taliban but was also controversial for his ties to drug lords. what is being called the biggest case of landlord neglect in the city's history, a story ktvu has been following for month, people living with broken bathroom fixtures, mold and roaches, in buildings owned by gardner, who says they aren't paying rent. >> if i make a mistake, okay, i try my best. i'm a human being. >> now, oakland city attorneys has stepped in. she has been asked to pay an $80,000 fine and the building she owns will be put up for sale. she will never again be able to own a multiunit building in the city. as for the residents, no one
the taliban's recent offensive. the move raises concerns about the future of security in the country. canadian troops held a ceremony on thursday to formally hand over their field operations to u.s. forces. the withdrawal ends a mission as part of the nato-led force. canada has kept about 3,000 combat troops in afghanistan for more than five years. some 950 will remain until 2014 to help train afghan security forces. >> i'm extremely proud of my soldiers. our soldiers have, again, accomplished a great deal here in afghanistan. >> with the united states about to begin gradually withdrawing troops, allied nations including france and britain, have also announced plans to reduce their own military presence. meanwhile, local anger at international forces is on the rise. villagers in the eastern province of host took to the streets to protest a nato raid they claim killed is 1 locals this week. the increasing number of civilian casualties is believed to be one way the taliban tries to broaden supports. insurgents targeted locations that were previously considereded secure. last month's raid on a he
in afghanistan. they also have the pakistani taliban attacking them. we're also the point of a new low in u.s.-pakistani relations. so the idea that pakistan would instigate a crisis with india at this point is inconceivable to me. >> what about indian intelligence-gathering and a security? there have been a number of threats, particularly since 2008. is this any reflection on the indian authorities competence in this area? >> there will be questioned about another attack in mumbai. again, four attacks in the last 10 years. after 2008, there were major reviews within india about internal security, and in this case, there will be a very close examination of how quickly india responded. they have their national security guard deployed there. they have friends a unit on the scene. they need to hopefully -- they have forensic units on the scene. they need to hopefully see having that experience corrected in that beleaguered city. >> in other news, police and venezuela have regained control of a prison east of the capital after a standoff that lasted for 27 days. more than 800 inmates have not g
foreign troops, mostly american, are battling a fierce taliban insurgency. and despite previous losses, both americans and british leaders do believe the tide is turning against the taliban. on a visit to afghanistan to the british prime minister david cameron confirmed he is planning to withdraw more combat troops in the coming years. here is our world affairs correspondent. >> david cameron's latest comesa critical time. there's talk of a new phase as plans are to advance to withdraw some forces. yesterday he met both british and american troops in helmand province. on the death of the same day of the british shoulder of the lines of dangerous the situation is. in kabul today with president hamid karzai, mr. cameron said he is confident over all things were on track. >> i do believe that it is right, as we build up the afghan national security forces, as we see a stronger and more confident afghan national army, stronger afghan police, many of whom we trained ourselves, and also the local police, i do believe it is right to start planning the withdrawal of some of our troops. as i sa
and 395. charley. >> thanks a lot. >>> it is because of a text message a false message that left taliban officials speaking out. >> what they are denying and how they say the rumor got started in the first place. that story is coming up next. >>> also, libyan rebels are stationed close to the countries and leaders and troops. why they call it a close encounter and what they are guarding. you are watching "good morning maryland" first and only at 4:30. another look at the capitol. much work to be done in the nation's capitol. >>> now "good morning maryland at 4:30. >>> this morning the taliban wants the world to know their leader is not dead. the spokesman are denying reports that the insurgent gripe's leader is not dead. it was a claim from a text message sent to journalist and they are saying it's a fake and the result of a phone hack. rumors spread that he died and earlier text messages said he was dead. >>> a behind-the-scenes look at rebelsing more march cay calfy. for them it's about -- mow march qaddafi. it's about protecting what they have. that's an around the clock job to make s
, taliban and others got strength and found terrorist center and now we're involved in a war that involves the future of the world, not just peace for the world, but american peace as well. indeed, i would be very caution as we go about -- cautious as we go about suggesting that we automatically walk away from the commander in chief's plan. indeed if we are not careful, the vacuum will catch up with us and america will find itself in a much broader and a much more intense struggle. with that i yield back the balance of my time. >> would the gentleman yield? the chair: the gentleman yields back? for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> i move to strike the last word. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. cohen: thank you. before i yield to my colleague from california to respond, i would like to mention, i appreciated mr. lewis' history, but i would suggest to you that al qaeda could have found a base in yemen, they could have found a base in the sudan, they could have found a base in other places. there was nothing particularly unique about afghani
in kandahar. word of his death spread, the taliban quickly took responsibility claiming they hired a hitman to carry out the killing, but u.s. officials are not so sure and are working to gather more intelligence. this afternoon, condemning in the strongest possible terms the killing of karzai. with more on these stories we're joined by msnbc's chief foreign corresponde correspondent in kandahar. what new details have you learned about the killing? >> reporter: we've spoken to witnesses in kandahar. we've also spoken to people who were at karzai's -- the person killed today, not president karzai, of course, his half brother, we spoke to people who are at the house, the residence in kandahar when this attack took place at around 11:00 this morning and the version of events as we were told were roughly as follows. there was a meeting of tribal elders under way that involved several dozen people. this is very normal for somebody in ahmed wali karzai's presence. someone who was a distant relative and worked for the karzai family about ten years. a man named sardar mohammed. he entered the meeti
the plans will undermine afghan morale and make it more difficult to beat back taliban forces. >> i know there is some concern among the afghans about the pace of the beginning of withdrawal of our surge troops. but we have tried to reassure everyone that the commitment that america has made, and the international community has made, to a free and independent afghanistan is strong and steadfast and lasting. >> senator mccain said some areas of afghanistan including kandahar, are definitely safer. >>> the news edge is everywhere at 11:00. a fire at a church sends one firefighter to the hospital and causes thousands of dollars in damage. the firefighter was hurt while batting the flames. flames were seen shooting through the roof. authorities believe it was caused by a lightning strike. >>> a fire gutted a straussberg, virginia church. happened saturday evening. parishers held services on the building's front lawn today. the outside of the building was not destroyed in the fire. the church says they'll rebuild. >>> one person killed last night after getting hit by two cars. police say the
taliban stronghold particularly in the south. another major change in the last year is the surge in afghan security forces. there are now 100,000 more afghan security forces than 18 months ago when president obama announced the surge and another 70,000 afghan soldiers and police will be trained and equipped by the end of next summer when all 33,000 u.s. search trips will have withdrawn. in the testimony to congress last week, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mollen characterized the president's decision as, quote, more aggressive and incurring more risk than mcraven had initially recommended. however, admiral mullen felt, could come only the president and the end can really determine the acceptable level of risk we must take because as he put it, quote, the truth is we would have run other kind of risks by keeping more forces in afghanistan longer. and among the other risks for the risks of perpetuating the greater afghan dependent on the forces and inhibiting the growth and keep the devotee and confidence on the part of the afghan forces. the committee will be interested
and killed by other security guards. the taliban have claimed responsibility saying they had been working with the killer for, quote, some time." awk was an infamous power broker in kandahar province, a key province and the spiritual home of the taliban and considered to be a part of the drug trade but u.s. and nato officials say they needed him, a stabilizing figure and an otherwise unstable region. his death leaves behind a power vacuum and is considered a big victory for the taliban, anne? >> thank you so much. >>> another milestone up in space today as two residents of the international space station stepped outside to retrieve a broken ammonia pump so it could be returned to earth for examination. it was the final space walk of the american shuttle era. meantime, the landing plan for the atlantis has changed and it's now scheduled to touch down before dawn on july 21st at the kennedy space center. >>> poignant moments in palm desert, california, where represents of the current and six previous first families attended a memorial service for betty ford, who died friday at the age of 93
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